Since the moment he received a release from Virginia Tech, the team to beat for Montrezl Harrell had been the Louisville Cardinals.
While they were the favorites, Rick Pitino and his staff still had to close the deal with the 2012 four-star forward.
A 6-foot-7 senior from North Carolina who spent his final year of high school at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Academy, Harrell visited the Cards over the weekend. By the end of it, he was all in with Louisville and made a commitment.
"I think there was a lot of factors," said Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton. "Coach Keatts and Montrezl's relationship is very strong. Also as he got more around Coach Pitino it made him feel like family."
Ranked No. 82 in the final 2012 Rivals150, Harrell is a relentless and tough interior player who averaged over 26 points and 13 rebounds a game as a senior.
Physically, Harrell will be ready to play high major basketball and his energy will allow him to step in and help out on the glass while his offense develops.
"He can run and jump, he can play in the press," said Hamilton. "He's super athletic, he rebounds and he plays very well on both ends."
"The thing that makes him so special is that he has a passion for the game and wants to get better. He's a gym rat and those type of guys flourish under Rick Pitino because he's going to develop those guys."
With Harrell in the fold, the Cardinals now hold commitments from a pair of four-star prospects ranked within the top 100 of the final Rivals150.
During the fall, point guard Terry Rozier signed and he and Harrell are ideal complements to the Louisville's established players.
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